Ocean River is a proud member of Paddle Canada
Ocean River has been running Paddle Canada certification programs since they first were developed, in fact, we were part of the development of the program. Check out our upcoming courses here.

About Paddle Canada
Paddle Canada sets national standards for instruction and certification for recreational paddling: canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard. Every year, over 2500 Paddle Canada certified instructors deliver sanctioned courses to more than 15,000 paddlers across Canada. Paddle Canada certifications are nationally accredited and internationally recognized.

Mission Statement
We promote, educate, and support the recreational paddling community, paddling instructors and partners.

Paddle Canada was formed in 1971 to help co-ordinate non-competitive canoeing and kayaking across Canada. Under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, Paddle Canada works in cooperation with its Regional Member Associations, instructor and individual members and the paddling public to deliver training for safe and enjoyable paddling.

The Paddle Canada National Sea Kayak Program
The Sea Kayak program includes nationally recognized certifications in five skill levels, five instructor levels, and four instructor-trainer levels. Certifications are earned during course participation and through a process of mentorship. Paddlers are also taught the Leave No Trace principles to encourage active environmental awareness and protection.

The skill levels stream begins with an introduction to kayaking and evolves to the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for safe sea kayak touring.

Find out more about Paddle Canada here

Prestigious British Canoeing Courses available in Canada
Gordon Brown and Ocean River Sport’s Sea Kayak Centre of Excellence are delighted to be able to offer a complete range of British Canoeing (BC) courses. This includes, personal performance awards, leadership training and assessment and coach training and assessment. At the start of 2019, BC updated their suite of awards. What were known as the ‘Star’ tests no longer exist. The names of the leadership and coaching awards have also changed. Three participants are needed to run these programs.

A Little History
British Canoeing has been around since 1936 as the British Canoe Union. In 2000 they federalized to become the umbrella organisation for the home nation associations in Scotland (Scottish Canoe Association), Wales (Canoe Wales) and Northern Ireland (Canoe Association Northern Ireland).
They are still the membership body for England and are responsible for developing the sport within England.
Today British Canoeing is responsible for leading and setting the overall framework for all the National Associations and includes areas such as coaching, competition and representing canoeing interests at a UK level.

Paddlesports For All
Since 1936 there have been many wonderful, significant changes and advances in the sport. Canoeing now covers a wide range of interests and passions as a sport and a leisure activity.
British Canoeing want to support and provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy and realize their potential within all aspects of canoeing regardless of their age, background or ability.

Our Purpose and Vision
The purpose of British Canoeing is to;

“Inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement”

The vision for British Canoeing is;

“A united British Canoeing, focused on our people and ambitions and excellent in delivery”

Find out more about British Canoeing here

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